One of our district managers worked in the kitchen on Super Bowl Sunday, and she wore an apron. Not a pretty, flowery apron. It was a red one; a plain, ugly, functional, red one. No pockets and no catchy phrase like “kiss the cook.”
As she tied it on she thought about the men and women who wear them every day in Lou Malnati’s kitchens. Every day they tie those ugly red aprons on without complaint. And with a positive attitude they make thousands of delicious handmade pizzas. None of them ever ask if they look fat. They smile, make jokes and talk amongst the rest of the staff. They work hard all week long making a product that has set the industry standards for over 30 years. Without these hard working, dedicated employees we would not have such a great pizza, or such loyal customers.
So, as she asked, “Does this apron make me look fat?” she realized that it really didn’t matter. She was proud to wear it alongside her staff.